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02 Jan 2011  

Win 7 HP 64bit w/SP1
Homegroup SOMETIMES drops 1 PC 1 way

I have a problem with "Homegroup". I have 2 PC's hard wired to a router. For the past year, (until about a month ago), I had no problem connecting to each PC. I now get the following message when I try to connect to my wife's PC:

Windows cannot access \\CONNIE-PC Check the spelling of the name........etc
"Error code: 0x80070035 The network path was not found."

Neither of us has ANY problems with internet connections.

Things I have tried: I have run SFC /scannow - nothing
I have run chkdsk - nothing
I have done system restore (2 different dates before the problem) - nothing
I have run the HomeGroup troubleshooter - (only get the above message)
I have "unjoined", then rejoined the Homegroup - nothing
I have checked each PC for "correct" sharing & security settings
I have checked the drivers of each network adapter - (current)
I have checked that HomeGroup Listener & Provider is running on each PC
I run both SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes each night
I can ping each PC using name & address
I can see the name of each PC under Network in windows explorer
Both PC's are Win 7 HP (her's 64bit & mine 32bit). Both using MS firewall and MSE
Neither PC has a change of IP address

The ONLY way to get my PC to connect to her is for each of us to "leave" the homegroup and for me to "start" a NEW Homegroup. The weird thing is that this ONLY WORKS FOR A FEW DAYS (from 1 to 4 days) and then I have to do it over again.

For what its worth, a few weeks ago while I had the 'access' problem, we had a interruption of our cable connection for about an hour. When the cable connection came back on the 'access' problem was gone. Something reset but I don't know what nor on who's PC.

Anybody have ANY ideas?

Thanks for any help.
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